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Year 3


Year 3 at George Mitchell

Year 3 Lion and Zebra class

The national average expectation is for children to achieve level 3c year by the end of Year 3

What will my child be doing and learning in Year 3?

Your child will have finished working at Key Stage 1, have completed their SATs and will start Key Stage 2. Year 3 is the first of four years where your child will be working at Key Stage 2.

Teachers at our school use many strategies to check your child’s progress so they can adapt their teaching to best support, challenge and develop your child knowledge and understanding. If you would like to know the targets your child is working towards, please talk to your child’s class teacher.

Some children have special educational needs and may find it difficult to progress as quickly as other children but we will put support in place to ensure they do.  Parents and carers have a key role in the educational development of their child. It is important to communicate with your child’s teacher regularly, so that we can work together for the benefit of your child.

Numeracy in Year 3

By the end of Year 3, most children should be able to:

  • Read and write numbers up to 1000 and put them in order. Know what each digit is worth
  • Count on or back in tens or hundreds from any number under 1000, e.g. 462, 472, 482…or 462, 562, 662
  • Know by heart addition and subtraction facts to 20, e.g. 4+16=20, 12-8=4
  • Work out in their heads sums such as 56+29, and 97-51
  • Know by heart the 2, 5 and 10 times tables
  • Do simple divisions, such as 27 divided by 5
  • Find simple fractions, such as ½, 1/3, ¼, 1/5, 1/10, of shapes and numbers
  • Tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes
  • Use £.p. e.g. know that £2.04 is £2 and 4p
  • Solve simple number problems and explain how to work them out
  • Recognise right angles and lines of symmetry in simple shapes
  • Explain a simple graph

Literacy in Year 3

By the end of Year 3, most children should be able to:

Speaking and Listening

  • Choose and prepare poems or stories for performance, using appropriate expression, tone and  volume
  • Sustain conversation, explain or give reasons for their views or choices
  • Follow up others' points and show whether they agree or disagree in whole-class discussion
  • Use talk to organise roles and action
  • Actively include and respond to all members of the group
  • Develop and use specific vocabulary in different contexts
  • Present events and characters through dialogue to engage the interest of an audience
  • Use some drama strategies to explore stories or issues
  • Identify and discuss qualities of others' performances, including gesture, action and costume


  • Understand and interpret texts
  • Share and compare reasons for reading preferences, extending the range of books read
  • Empathise with characters and debate moral dilemmas portrayed in texts
  • Identify features that writers use to provoke readers' reactions
  • Identify and make notes of the main points of section(s) of text
  • Infer characters' feelings in fiction and consequences in logical explanations
  • Identify how different texts are organised, including reference texts, magazines and leaflets, on paper and on screen
  • Use understand sentence and word structure as they read for meaning in different genres
  • Explore how different texts appeal to readers because of varied sentence and descriptive language
  • Recognise a range of prefixes and suffixes, understanding how they modify meaning and spelling, and how they assist in reading and spelling more complex words
  • Spell high and medium frequency words
  • Spell unfamiliar words using known spelling rules and phonics conventions


  • Make decisions about form and purpose, identify success criteria and use them to evaluate their own writing
  • Use beginning, middle and end to write narratives in which events are sequenced logically and conflicts resolved
  • Signal sequence, place and time to give coherence to their writing
  • Group related material into paragraphs through narrative and nonfiction writing
  • Compose sentences using adjectives, verbs and nouns for precision, clarity and impact
  • Clarify meaning through the use of exclamation marks and speech marks in writing
  • Write nonfiction texts using structures of different text-types; recount, instructions, reports etc.
  • Select and use a range of technical and descriptive vocabulary for different genres of writing
  • Use layout, format graphics and illustrations for different purposes within writing
  • Write with consistency in the size and proportion of letters and spacing within and between words, using the correct formation of handwriting joins
  • Develop accuracy and speed when using keyboard skills to word process